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Student Senate approves secretary, discusses residential life

first_imgThe Senate met Wednesday evening to approve sophomore Mae Raab as the new Student Union secretary for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year and discuss recent announcements regarding housing changes.Student body president Bryan Ricketts nominated Raab for the position, citing her commitments to the Green Dot initiative and to fostering a “a safe and inclusive campus for all,” as a valuable addition to the administration. Raab will take the place of former secretary, sophomore Sibonay Shewit, who replaced senior Daniel Selhorst as student body chief of staff.“Mae’s communications will be an asset as she crafts the minutes for our various committees, but more importantly, she is in it for the team and values the interpersonal relationships that she is able to build wherever she goes,” Ricketts read from his letter, addressing the Senate.“I trust she will ably lend her skills to catalyze change on behalf of the student body,” Ricketts said.Raab previously served on the residential life and gender issues committees, where her efforts aided in the completion of Dorm Week and the It’s On Us campaign launch.Following the approval of Raab’s nomination, sophomore Rebecca Blais, director of internal affairs, resigned from her position, stating that her goals for the semester come into conflict with a stipulation of the Student Union Constitution that states, “Election Committee members may not campaign for any ticket while holding this position.”In a statement, Blais said, “One of the duties of Director of Internal Affairs is to serve as a non-voting member of the Election Committee; therefore, in respect of the duties of my position and the Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body, I am formally resigning my position on Cabinet in order to pursue a position in the next term of Student Government.”Members of Senate proceeded to successfully vote on closing the previous semester’s discussion of Diversity Council leadership in order to move forward with other agenda items. The Diversity Council leadership had chosen not to attend the Senate meeting, according to Nidia Ruelas, student body vice president.“We will be talking to Diversity Council about moving forward, … talking and working through issues, in terms of discussion about what it means to be in leadership and the kinds of responsibilities that exist,” Ruelas said.The Senate proceeded to discuss recent announcements about future adjustments to housing, exchanging questions and giving feedback. Zahm House senator and sophomore John Julien addressed the rumors of removing common rooms from five-man rooms, which are often used as spaces for social gatherings, in order to accommodate overcrowding.Julien and sophomore Wilson Barrett, the Keenan Hall senator, raised concerns about the impacts such actions would have on tight-knit dorm communities. Others expressed worries about effectively targeting overcrowding in dorms and the lack of transparency in the announcement of the temporary dorm movements.Pangborn Hall is currently planning an open house for the residents of Walsh Hall, Badin Hall, and Morrissey Manor, according to Pangborn Hall Senator and sophomore Taylor Still.Tags: Bryan Ricketts, Nidia Ruelas, student senatelast_img read more

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DARRELL TRAVIS MAXIE age 33

first_imgDarrell Travis Maxie, age 33, of Liberty, Indiana died suddenly Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Reid Health in Richmond, Indiana.Born July 3, 1983 in Batesville, Indiana he was the son of Darrell Maxie & Penny (Boone) Metcalf. He was employed at Stant Manufacturing in Connersville.Survivors include his parents, Penny Metcalf and Darrell Maxie; two daughters, Meghan Maxie and Makensie Maxie; three sisters, Holly Maxie, Aylissa Miller and Cheyenne Maxie; as well as his fiancé, Laura K. Johnson.He was preceded in death by a brother, Scott Rayburn.Family & Friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville. Burial will then follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Maxie family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

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Lyne heads five-strong Ireland team

first_imgAlpine skier Conor Lyne will lead a five-strong Ireland team to the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month. Ireland’s youthful squad will also include 16-year-old snowboarder Seamus O’Connor and 17-year-old skier Florence Bell, plus skeleton racer Sean Greenwood and cross country athlete Jan Rossiter. Ireland has never won a Winter Olympic medal but came close in 2002 when Clifton Wrottesley finished fourth in the men’s skeleton in Salt Lake City. Press Associationcenter_img Lyne, who will compete in the slalom and giant slalom in Sochi, told Press Association Sport: “Ever since I started skiing competitively as I teenager it has been my dream to represent Ireland at a Winter Olympics. “When you come from a small country some people say why sent them, but you have got to start off somewhere and who knows, in a couple of Games we could be looking at medals. “The sport and the tradition needs a push to get going. The Jamaican bobsleigh team are a great example of a team that started out and kept improving. Ireland Chef de Mission Stephen Martin said: “We expect the Games to be an important milestone in the development of Irish Winter Olympic talent and are confident of excellent individual performances in the face of severe competition from the alpine nations.” last_img read more